Google Stadia launched back in 2019 and was a seemingly promising prospect at that time. The idea of cloud-based gaming looked pretty ideal, considering that one wouldn’t need a proper PC or a console to play AAA games. However, the bright concept hasn’t truly seen the light of day yet, and adding to its misfortune is a very discombobulating incident.
Google Stadia’s Vice President and General Manager Phil Harrison had sent a supportive email to the studios’ staff, according to Kotaku, where he said, “[Stadia Games and Entertainment] has made great progress building a diverse and talented team and establishing a strong lineup of Stadia exclusive games,” Harrison’s January 27 email read, according to sources. “We will confirm the SG&E investment envelope shortly, which will, in turn, inform the SG&E strategy and 2021 [objectives and key results].”
What looked like the beginning of a new adventure has ended up in pure chaos. Days after that encouraging email, Phil Harrison took to Google’s blog and proclaimed, “We will not be investing further in bringing exclusive content from our internal development team SG&E, beyond any near-term planned games.”
This means that apart from bringing in third-party games like Cyberpunk 2077 to the console, fans and gamers can forget about exclusive Google Stadia games.
The company is currently trying to find occupations for these jobless people but is currently experiencing trouble in doing so. Pulling the plug this way is extremely unjustified, simply because Harrison admitted in the follow-up Q&A conference call that he knew what was going to happen, according to Kotaku’s sources, despite the misleading email.
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